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David Ortiz talks about getting shot, fighting for his life

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David Ortiz sat down for a wide-ranging interview with WEEI, talking about being shot on June 9 in the Dominican Republic. It was pretty eye-opening.

Ortiz said that, once he was back in the United States, at Massachusetts General Hospital, doctors discovered that he had a bacterial infection the likes of which they had never seen before. It was only then, and not in the immediate aftermath of his shooting that he thought he might die. He likewise details his being transported to Massachusetts and how he was barely conscious for most of it, only really waking up and thinking clearly once he was in Boston.

Ortiz also talks about the physical sensation of being shot and how, actually, it didn’t hurt until later. The first feeling that something was truly wrong was not pain, in fact, it was the feeling of his energy simply leaving his body due to blood loss. His characterization:

“You don’t want to know! I guess everybody is different so it all depends. In my case, the only explanation I can give you is that I feel like something was burning and I was basically losing … you know how your body needs to have a certain point so you stabilize and you know what you’re doing? I felt like that was walking away from me, at some point. Not right away, but at some point, I wasn’t feeling as strong as I feel and I guess it was because I was bleeding and that’s what happens when you get shot, I guess.”

Ortiz also takes issue with the rumors about a possible motivation for his shooting that cropped up in the immediate aftermath. He said that rumors and lies are common in the Dominican Republic and that there are certain types of people who spread such things with the hopes of getting followed on social media. He said that’s the reason he recently hired a team of private investigators. Seems like it may be less about “looking into his shooting” as it was originally reported, and more squelching the rumors.

Ortiz says he plans to go back to the Dominican Republic at some point, but that his days of simply walking around by himself in public there may be over. Can’t say as I blame him.

Astros, Nationals set to face off in the World Series starting Tuesday

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Saturday night’s wild ALCS finale will live in the mind of Astros and Yankees fans for a long, long time, but the Astros only have two days to bask in it because they have other business to attend to: the Washington Nationals, who they will host Tuesday evening in Game 1 of the World Series.

For the Astros, this year’s World Series presents the chance to forge a dynasty. To carry on a journey in which they’ve risen from a three-time 100-loss club to a three-years-straight 100-win club with not just one, but two World Series titles in the space of those three seasons.

For the Nationals, the World Series presents an opportunity to complete a pretty compelling narrative in which they’ve grown stronger as the year has gone on: from a near disastrous 19-31 start, to a late, come-from-behind victory in the Wild Card Game, to beating the favored Dodgers in the NLDS to simply dominating the Cardinals in the NLCS. The Nats are nobody’s Cinderella, but a win over the Astros would certainly make them one of the more notable giant-killers in recent memory. And, of course, would give them their first World Series title in franchise history and the city of Washington its first World Series winner since the Senators won it in 1924.

We’ll break down this Series in greater detail over the next couple of days, but for now it’s worth noting that this matchup presents us with, arguably, the best possible group of starting pitchers in the game. Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Zack Greinke, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin are six of the top — what? — 15 starting pitchers going right now? And Aníbal Sanchez has been pitching pretty dang good for Washington of late as well. Bullpenning is all the rage these days — and Houston’s Game 6 win was a bullpen affair — but there is something classic and compelling about a handful of aces facing off in October.

The difference-maker could very well be an Astros offense that — last night’s José Altuve walkoff blast notwithstanding — has, somehow, gone relatively quiet this postseason. Postseason pitching is always tough — and in beating the Rays and Yankees they faced two of the best bullpens going — but their collective 3.7 runs per game and .645 team OPS is very un-Astro-like. To beat the Nats, they’ll definitely want to see those numbers go higher.

For Washington, it’ll be about figuring out how to beat Gerrit Cole, Game 1’s starter, and Justin Verlander, who will likely go in Game 2. They’ll have to face each of those 20-game winners/Cy Young contenders twice if this series goes long. That seems daunting, but so too did climbing out of the hole they found themselves in in late May and beating the Dodgers in a five-game series. The Nats have dealt pretty well with “daunting” thus year and, at the moment, they’re playing their best baseball of the season.

So the stage is set. Washington vs. Houston in the 115th edition of the Fall Classic. Things get underway just after 8PM Eastern on Tuesday evening when Gerrit Cole fires in a near-100 m.p.h. fastball to Trea Turner. Stay with us over the next three days for our breakdown of what looks to be an epic matchup.